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Washoe farmers eligible for aid after bad winter
RENO (AP) — Washoe County farmers may be eligible for federal assistance for crop losses that came after a long and wet winter. The U.S. Department of Agriculture declared parts of California as a disaster area for unseasonable winter weather that ran from the end of February through mid-May. Washoe County farmers may also apply for disaster benefits from the Farm Service Agency because the county borders California. The Nevada Department of A...
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Openings on Sparks Parks and Recreation Comm.
SPARKS — The city has three positions currently open on the Sparks Parks and Recreation Commission. If you are a resident of Sparks or if you own a business in the city and have a valid business license, you are eligible to apply. The nine-member panel (plus the Parks & Recreation director as an ex officio member) meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Positions are appointed by the mayor of Sparks with confirmation by the Sp...
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Youth peace message from Afghanistan
RENO — Join Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace for an evening with Jim Haber and Marylou Anderson of the Nevada Desert Experience. Haber and Anderson traveled overseas in early 2011 in support of the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers, bringing back first-hand information about the situation in Afghanistan and a personal perspective on the effects of this peaceful movement. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 26, in Room 215, Mackay Science buildi...
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HR diversity conference at Peppermill
RENO — The 2011 Northern Nevada Human Resources Association (NNHRA) Annual Diversity Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. This year’s event includes keynote speaker Dr. Michael Lindsey, Ph.D., J.D., president of Nestor Consultants, Inc. Dr. Lindsey, along with an outstanding group of local and national expert presenters, will provide practical and immediately applicable tools for the work...
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Reno, Lake Tahoe to host Chinese beauty pageant
CARSON CITY (AP) — Northern Nevada is hosting 18 semi-finalists from a Chinese beauty pageant in a televised tour and competition officials hope will bring international exposure to the state. Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki said Monday that the Miss Chinese Cosmos Semi-Finals will take place in Reno and Lake Tahoe Friday through Sept. 30. The winner becomes China’s representative to the Miss Universe pageant. The contest moves around the world and wa...
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Maine casino chooses Las Vegas partner
OXFORD, Maine (AP) — A Las Vegas casino and hotel operator has been chosen to operate a casino under construction in western Maine. Black Bear Development announced Tuesday it has reached an agreement with Silverton Casino to operate Black Bear’s casino in Oxford. The Oxford Casino is scheduled to open next spring. Silverton Casino will be in charge of determining things such as the mix of slot machines and table games, the surveillance system...
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U.S. Interior Secretary visits Nevada solar project
LAS VEGAS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is promoting federally-backed solar energy projects in Nevada. Salazar is scheduled to visit the first utility-scale solar power plant constructed on public lands Tuesday morning in Jean near the California border. The plant developed by First Solar of Tempe, Ariz., is expected to begin sending energy into the grid in December. It will provide power for at least 9,000 homes. Salazar i...
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Players, hole sponsors needed for Sparks mayor’s golf tourney
SPARKS — Players are still needed for the Sparks Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament, happening at 1 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Resort at Red Hawk, on the Lakes Course. The entry fee is $100 per person. Hole sponsorships with signage are also available for $100 each. Proceeds benefit at-risk youth who have limited access to recreational programs due to financial hardships. Now in its 11th year, the Mayor’s Cup features a four-person scramble format and plenty...
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Tahoe Yacht Club raises money for nonprofits
CARNELIAN BAY, Calif. — The Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation presented four local maritime nonprofit organizations with grants totaling $15,000 from the revenue of this year’s successful 39th Lake Tahoe Concours d’ Elegance Wooden Boat Show held August 12-13 in Carnelian Bay, Calif. This year’s grants were distributed to The Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society ($4,000), Tahoe Community Sailing Council ($5,000), Tahoe Maritime Museum ($4,000) and...
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Culture fest planned for Fremont Street in Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Local organizers in Las Vegas are bringing a one-day culture festival to the Fremont Street Experience. Officials say the sixth annual Las Vegas Culture Fest will be held Sept. 24 from noon until midnight, with entertainment, vendors and a book and instrument drive. Officials say the event is free to attend.
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Parks and Rec. Commission openings
SPARKS — The City of Sparks has three positions currently open on the Sparks Parks and Recreation Commission. If you are a resident of Sparks or if you own a business in the city and have a valid business license, you are eligible to apply. The nine-member panel (plus the Parks & Recreation director as an ex officio member) meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Positions are appointed by the Mayor of Sparks with confirmation...
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Gas Prices Fall in Nevada
LAS VEGAS — Average retail gasoline prices in Nevada have fallen 0.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.70 per gallon. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.61 per gallon, according to gasoline price website NevadaGasPrices.com. Including the change in gas prices in Nevada during the past week, prices were 94.4 cents per gallon higher than the same week one year ago and...
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Street Vibrations 2011 could pump $38M into local economy
RENO — Producers of Street Vibrations say the 2011 motorcycle rally could pump more than $38.2 million into the local economy from Sept. 21-25. Reno-based Street Vibrations, now in its 18th year, is the fourth largest motorcycle event in the nation. Roadshows Inc., producer of Street Vibrations, anticipates more than 1,000 registered VIP participants this year with 25,000 to 29,000 additional motorcycle enthusiasts. The 2007 Reno-Sparks Conven...
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NSCB meeting
RENO — The Nevada State Contractors Board is holding the Residential Recovery Fund Hearings at 1 p.m. on Sept. 21 at 2310 Corporate Circle, Suite 200, in Henderson, and 9670 Gateway Drive, Suite 100, in Reno.
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Rancho San Rafael Park bulb planting
 RENO — Help Rail City Garden Center and KKOH Radio make Rancho San Rafael Regional Park come alive with color by planting bulbs this fall from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 1 at the park, located at 1595 N. Sierra St. in Reno. This Green College Seminar at Rancho San Rafael, which is home to the Wilber D. May Center, including the May Museum, May Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, will be taught by the Guru of Green, Pawl Hollis. Get tips and techniq...
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Nevada inmate shot after attempted jailbreak
LAS VEGAS (AP) — An inmate is recovering after guards shot him while he reportedly attempted to escape a Clark County state prison over the weekend. The Nevada Department of Corrections said they responded to an alarm from a perimeter fence at the High Desert State Prison about 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Gaspar Barajas-Rivas was hit after guards fired two warning rounds and several live shots. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition. Barajas-R...
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Scarecrow building classes
 SPARKS — Learn to scare with flair at the Rail City Garden Center Green College Seminar on scarecrow building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 1-2. Cost is $10 per scarecrow. “Astonishing Artist Linda Hollis” will teach the fun-for-the-whole-family seminar at Rail City Garden Center, 1720 Brierley Way in Sparks. “You can bring your own clothes for your scarecrow, or use some of the clothing we’ll have for you,” Hollis said. Stuffing and other scar...
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Panel taking applications for open Elko judge seat
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A search is on to replace an Elko County state court judge who died last month. The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection is taking applications until Sept. 30 to fill the Fourth Judicial District Court seat left open when Andrew Puccinelli died Aug. 8 in Reno after a battle with cancer. Nevada lawyers with 10 years of legal experience, including at least two in the state, are eligible. Applications are available on the Neva...
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Report: Air, water safe around Nevada test site
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The National Nuclear Security Administration says air and groundwater around the Nevada National Security Site tested as safe last year. A report released Monday says no airborne radioactivity was detected off the test site in 2010. Officials say that the radioactive isotope tritium that was detected outside the test site boundary at the Nevada Test and Training Range continues to stay at levels below the legal limit for safe ...
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30 Years of Italian Fun at Eldorado
RENO — Special event season in Reno is coming to a close, but no event has as much history as the Eldorado Hotel Casino’s Great Italian Festival.  Join the Eldorado in celebrating the 30th Annual Great Italian Festival Oct. 8-9. Even after 30 years, the Eldorado holds fast to the staple events that keep crowds coming back, including the Grape Stomp, Sauce Cookers Competition, an Italian Farmer’s Market and everyone’s favorite homemade Italian ...
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